11 October 2021
Having a Green on the local Council can make a big difference. Stockport Council declared a Climate Emergency in March 2019. This requires Stockport to be carbon neutral by 2038. We have campaigned ever since to persuade the Council to put in place a series of intermediate milestones and targets to achieve this goal.
Stockport Council's October Meeting featured a Lib Dem motion urging a step change in activity. Labour tabled an amendment, described as 'aspirational' by Councillor Gary Lawson, to water down the motion.
Our Green Councillor said: "It is no longer good enough just to set a target for 2038 and then to say well we have planted some trees, we've done this and that, now we hope to do A, B and C, and then just sit back and hope for the best."
Gary Lawson continued: "As COP26 in Glasgow approaches we need to up our game and move faster, and above all we need interim targets for carbon reduction, and we need to specify how we are going to meet them."
Gary's strong speech contributed to the Labour amendment being defeated by just one vote. The Manchester Evening News covered the meeting and highlighted Gary's contribution in their article. We will continue to hold the Council to account in this vital area.